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I've spent most of my career trying to understand the relationship between humans and new technologie


January 30 · Issue #11 · View online
A periodic look into research threads on critical futures, strategy, post-normal innovation, providing a look over the shoulder of the team at Changeist. Each issue includes brief analysis, links, updates, and occasional auditory hallucinations.

I’ve spent most of my career trying to understand the relationship between humans and new technologies. More accurately, I’ve tried to understand more about people, using technology as a mirror to reveal our nature and intentions. In some ways it’s hard to get a fix on this, as the boundaries of interaction keep shifting and spreading. In other ways, this is precisely what makes it worth doing.
The paint hasn’t even dried on the era of social media, and now we encounter new species of social machines, meant to represent us, assist us, or perhaps replace us. This, to me, is doing just what I’ve described above— showing us a lot about ourselves as we seek to replicate and improve on our own impression of what those selves are. Maybe I should shorten a phrase I’ve been using in the past year, “culture is the original API” to “culture is the original AI”. 
I’ll not say more, and let the pieces below do the talking.
PS—On the road the next couple of weeks, so sending early to get on with packing. 

Recent and Upcoming
FutureEverything Singapore: Signals of Tomorrow Lab on Vimeo
Phase Change — Changeist
Critical IoT Reading List — Thingclash
Social Services
What World Are We Building? — Data & Society : Points — Medium
Things You Can’t Talk About in a Coca-Cola Ad
Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap”
When Your Neighbor’s Drone Pays an Unwelcome Visit
Human-Machine Interactions and the Coming Age of Autonomy
The Coming Technology of Out-of-Body Experiences
Social Media at Human Pace — Medium
The Network
It feels a little like an ad break in a podcast, but…
Bigger, Better, Glitchier
Bulelani Smoke BBQ
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